Previous Leadership Team Members

In recognition of their service to the SIG:


StormerKimberly Stormer (2019-2021)
Missouri State University

Kimberly J. Stormer, Ph.D., received her bachelor’s degree in English, a master of arts in teaching, and a master in educational leadership from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. She completed her doctoral work in instructional leadership academic and curriculum with an emphasis in English education at the University of Oklahoma. Her classroom experience includes seven years as a high school and middle level English language arts and Title I teacher in southwest Oklahoma. Dr. Stormer’s research agenda includes the writing habits of Black and Brown writers  and stakeholders’ self-efficacy in exploring and engaging in culturally responsive practices. Her professorial experiences include Middle Grades Program Coordinator at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky and Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. She is currently the Department Chair of Education and Professional Programs at Langston University, a HBCU in Langston, Oklahoma. She is a council member of the Middle Level Research Special Interest Group and sits on the editorial board for the Middle School Journal. Her recent and upcoming publications include publications include Why Can’t Tyrone Write:  Reconceptualizing Flower and Hayes for African-American Adolescent Male Writers in Middle Grades Review, Less Doing, More Being:  A Conceptual Framework for Culturally Responsiveness in Middle Grades Education in The International Handbook of Middle Level Education:  Theory, Research, and Policy, and Plickers:  Differentiation in Realtime in National Journal to Accelerate Middle Grade Reform. 

DeMink-CarthewJessica DeMink-Carthew (2019-2021)
University of Vermont

Dr. Jessica DeMink-Carthew’s research centers on supporting middle school teachers in advocating for and creating developmentally responsive learning environments for young adolescents. Her current research focuses on social justice education, personalized learning, and proficiency-based learning as liberatory practices that can promote equity. She is an active advocate for middle grades education locally and nationally through her various roles as researcher, teacher educator, and community partner. She serves on the AMLE Research Advisory Council and is on the executive council of the AERA Middle Level Education Research Special Interest Group. She is an experienced middle grades educator who has taught in France, Michigan, and Hawaii and continues to love learning with and from middle grades students and teachers.

Falk-RossFran Falk-Ross (2019-2021)
Pace University

Dr. Francine Falk-Ross is a Professor and Coordinator of the Literacy Education Graduate Program at Pace University in Pleasantville, New York, and the Chair of the New York City campus, where she teaches courses on literacy topics to preservice and practicing teachers, including a course on Middle Grades Reading Methods. She is an active member of the Association of Middle Level Educators, Literacy Research Association, and the American Educational Reading Association’s SIGs for Middle Level Education Research and for Research in Reading and Literacy, and she has presented research individually and with colleagues. Her research publications are at national and international forums including The Handbook of Research in Middle Level Education, Middle Grades Research Journal, the Middle School Journal, Research in the Teaching of English, Social Education, and The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities. Dr. Ross has been writing on middle-level literacy topics focused on new literacies, language differences, and students with special needs, for over 25 years and finds the collaborations and camaraderie supportive of friendships and research development.


Penny Howell, Chair
University of Louisville

Cheryl Ellerbrock, Program Chair
University of South Florida

Kathleen Brinegar, Vice Chair
Johnson State College/Northern Vermont University

Margaret Rintamaa, Treasurer
University of Kentucky

Mike DiCicco, Secretary
Northern Kentucky University

Shawn Faulkner, Immediate Past Chair
Northern Kentucky University

Penny Bishop, Executive Advisor 
University of Vermont

Kristina Falbe, Newsletter Editor
Illinois State University

Nicole Miller, Webmaster
Mississippi State University

Susan Leonard, Grad Student Rep
University of Georgia

SIG Association Council Members

Katherine Main
Griffith University, Australia

Matthew Moulton
University of Georgia

Stacie Pettit
Augusta University

Kimberly Stormer
Missouri State University

Jessica DeMink-Carthew
University of Vermont

Fran Falk-Ross
Pace University


Steve Mertens, Executive Advisor
Illinois State University

John Downes, Council Member
University of Vermont

Kristina Falbe, Council Member
Illinois State University

Holly Pinter, Council Member
Western Carolina University


Stephanie Bennett, Treasurer
Mississippi State

Nicole Miller, Secretary
Mississippi State University

Christopher Cook, Immediate Past Chair
Appalachian State University

Council Members

Larry Daniel
The Citadel

Mike DiCicco
Northern Kentucky University

Michelle Williams
Stephen F. Austin State University

Matthew Moulton, Grad Student Rep
University of Georgia

Nicole Miller & Kathleen Brinegar – Editors – Chronicle of Middle Level Education


Laurie Ramirez
Appalachian State University

Kathleen Alley
Mississippi State University

Kathleen Brinegar
Johnson State College


Nicole Thompson, Secretary
University of Memphis

Lisa Harrison, Treasurer
Ohio University

David Strahan, Executive Advisor
Western Carolina University

Pam Angelle, Newsletter Editor
University of Tennessee

Council Members
Dana Franz
Bogum Yoon

Council Members
Cheryl Ellerbrock
Nancy Flowers